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VNSNY Partners with Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai on Health Care Innovation Award from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Last week, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an award of more than $9.6 million for the Mobile Acute Care Team (MACT) program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which provides acute care services at patients' homes rather than at the hospital. Shifting health care services thno the home eliminates the higher cost of a hospital admission.

Under the MACT program, pending final approval, teams will provide hospital-level care for specific diagnoses at the patient's home along with post-acute care for up to 30 days. This care will be provided through a joint collaboration between physicians from the Mount Sinai Visiting Doctors Program and multiple community-based service providers, including Visiting Nurse Service of New York. The program will involve physicians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, paramedics, physical, occupational and speech therapists, care coaches, and home health aides.

In addition, ancillary services will be provided, such as community-based radiology, lab services (including point of care testing), durable medical equipment, pharmacy and infusion services, telemedicine, and interdisciplinary post-acute care services. The team will ensure a safe transition for the patient from the Mount Sinai care team back to community providers, and provide referrals to support services, as needed.

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